Dr. Amy Kelly

  Assistant Professor
  708-235-2118 ext. 2118
  Office Location: G209
  Office Hours: Tuesdays 8 - 9 a.m. & 12 - 3 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. by appointment
  College: COE

Early Childhood Education


Dr. Amy L. Kelly is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Governors State University. Amy was a public school elementary educator for thirteen years in a south suburb of Chicago. She has a background in special education, general education, and ESL.

Amy teaches EDEC 4570: Literacy in Early Childhood Education and supervises student teachers. She enjoys teaching and learning from the candidates here at GSU.

Her research interests include student voice, standardization of curriculum and assessment, as well as teacher contentment and retention. Her most recent publication is A Guide to High-Stakes Standardized Testing in the United States: A Historical Overview (2022).

Amy earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning from Lewis University in 2017, her M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University in 2009, and her B.S. in Education from Eastern Illinois University in 2005.

Books: Peer Reviewed

Kelly, A. L. (2021). A Guide to High-Stakes Standardized Testing in the United States: A Historical Overview. Leiden: Brill Sense.

Kelly, A. L. (2019). The high stakes of testing: Exploring student voice and standardized assessment through governmentality. Leiden: Brill Sense.

Book Contribution: Peer Reviewed

Kelly, A., Hisrich, K. E., & Peterz, K. (forthcoming, 2022). Activism: Reflecting on human impact. In L. K. Pennington, M. A. Kessler, P. Horst, M. E. Tackett, & D. Fogelsong, (Eds.), Hollywood or history? An inquiry-based strategy for using film to teach salient societal issues in elementary social studies. (pp.xx). Publisher.

Journal Publications: Peer Reviewed

Kelly, A. L. (2018). Standardization, assessment, and globalization. Thresholds in Education, 41(1), 43-50.

Non-Peer Reviewed

Kelly, A. (2017). A review of Common core dilemma: Who owns our schools, Critical Questions in Education, 8(3), 330-333.

Kelly, A. (2016). A review of Brooklyn dreams: My life in public education, Multicultural Perspectives, 18(3), 167-169.

Conference Papers: Peer Reviewed

Peterz-Dent, K., Hisrich, K. E., & Kelly, A.L. (2022, January). A reflection on personal bias to create an inclusive learning environment. Proceedings of the IAFOR International Conference on Education (IICE). Honolulu, HI, United States: International Academic Forum (IAFOR).

Dr. Amy Kelly's CV